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. trying to say this was all about mitt romney being irtatd. many people are saying it was the president being a little bit limp and lackluster. >> most people agree with the latter for sure there. get being yond this debate, what is next for both men now, karen? >> president obama will be back here in just a couple hours. an event here this morning at university of denver. before he head to wisconsin for an event in madison. that's expected to be a large crowd, college campus, possibly over 10,000 people. mitt romney heading to virginia today, outside charlottesville. smaller event, smaller town. rob, paula, now talking about the debate for a couple days. then all about vps, paul ryan and joe biden, debate next week and see where the debate conversation goes. that is certainly going to be maybe more interesting than tonight's was. >> expect a little more fire from the vps. >> little bit. >> little more entertaining. thank you, care ken. a long day, live for us this morning in denver. thank you again. stay with abc news for indepth debate analysis. senior washington editor rick klein wil
fr debate. >> this was mitt romney's night, he was sharp, specific, sustained, a plan of attack and went after barack obama every way he could. holding him accountable for the obama record. we haven't seen that too much in this campaign. there have been so many personal attacks, back and forts. he was able to say look this is what you promised four years ago, this is what you delivered on, where is the gap? here's what i will offer. most importantly, able to say look this is the choice i am offering. able to control the debate. >> what do you think was the problem with the president last night? his performance is uniformly panned, tired, underprepared, overconfident or strategy of some kind. >> it was part strategy. went into the debate knowing they're winning the campaign with current strategy. don't do anything to upset that apple cart. see if you can ride this out. the other piece, i think he went in thinking he didn't have to prepare, thinking he was able to ride this, this through, throughout. didn't think mitt romney would bring it the way he did. he was trying not to make
aura that they projected. mitt romney, what do you think? >> b minus. >> b minus. >> b. >> b minus, tough grade. >> tough grade. basically talking about peace all night i wondered what happened to the strength. some of the statements he said you can't kill your way out of this mess. i wondered what mitt romney was talking about from the mitt romney we used to know. >> what do you think? a b? >> a b. i thought he came across as some one you could see as president of the united states. that little litmus test he could. but he didn't come across as strong and assertive in my view. >> how did, obama do? >> i thought he was an a minus. >> a. >> a, you get -- you are a tough a? >> i have not given an a in this entire series of debates to anyone. i thought this was actually barack obama's best moment. and to me the commander-in-chief test and strong and decisive was actually the most important thing in the campaign. it's why mitt romney rose in the aftermath of the first debate. i thought the president came across that way. tll was a few instances i thought he came across a little aggress
dent in the race. that's because, mitt romney had some ground to gain. he did it by showing voters that he was presidential. and he could fit that role. you know the abc news/"washington post" poll that came out yesterday found that 37% of americans have a better opinion of mitt romney after those first two debates. i don't think there was anything last night you could say is going to change things. president obama came in favored on foreign policy. mitt romney didn't do much to shake that up. of course, 14 days to go. they will fry to see if they've can get any momentum out of it if they can. >> yes, indeed. >> thank you, karen for the report. appreciate it. >>> we are also following breaking news overnight in the search for a missing new jersey girl. officials believe they have found the body of 12-year-old autumn pasqual inside a recycling container not far from where she disappeared. the middle school student last seen saturday afternoon riding to a friend's house. her family reported her missing when she did not return by curfew. >>> lance armstrong's tour de france champions
romney -- he was clear, decisive in his answers. where obama's mind seemed to wander and at times seemed very distant while romney was speaking. >> a lot agree with that. meanwhile, martin says obama. romney gives me a bad feeling. i don't trust him. >> ally says, obama won. romney looked lick he drank too much red bull or something. he was hyped. >> mitchell says, huge obama fan and think he'll come back next debate. but tonight he was kicked from one side of the ring to another. >> andy says, i call it a tie since they both seem to have repeated what the other said, just different wording or something like that. >> really, really interesting last night. pundits on both side. mitt romney's night. don't think any one is are going that. obama, flat, looking down, angry, irritated. like he is phoning it in. mitt romney was aggressive. wonder if he went through 22 debates in the primary with republicans. it showed last night. it really did. >> sure did. very strange strategy so to speak from the president. >> if it was a strategy, yeah. join the conversation logging on to our facebook page
. who was the winner last night do you think? >> i think mitt romney walks away the winner. he had more positive things happen as part of the debate. i think obama you can look at your scorecard say he scored zingers, maybe wins on points. in terms of the big take aways. mitt romney was on the stage looking presidential, credible as an alternative to president obama. that's his goal. present himself as a credible alternative, possible choice for undecided voteders. >> so much throughout the debate you heard, mitt romney say i agree with you, mr. president. was it alternative? i don't think the average voter would see too much difference between the two? >> the romney campaign calculation this is going to come down to the economy and that's it. you need to get buy in on the other issues. this could be seen as a possible president on issues of commander-in-chief. i think his goal was to do no harm. not lobbing grenades at the obama foreign policy. where he had successes he was ready to applaud them. i am going to take what he has done and move it forward. he was the candidate of hope, and
romney is racking up road miles of his own crisscrossing through nevada, iowa and ohio. romney is focused on one of his familiar campaign themes, the economy. he is urging potential voters to kid their personal circumstances, saying, he's the one who can get things "cooking again." >>> i believe this is a defining election. defining for the nation, but also defining for your family. and i say that because, it will make a difference this election will. a difference for the nation, a difference for the families of america. and a difference for your own family. >> today, romney will spend the entire day on the stump in the pivotal battleground states of ohio. drumming up support there. if he does take ohio, takes the election, he'll become the first republican challenger to didn't election without winning ohio. >> obama still up by five points in ohio, encouraging to the campaign. still so tight in so many states. a nail biter of an election everyone knows that. the way it is looking, romney is doing very well among white men. the president is doing very well among women and hispanics. that'
happened. >> governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> not the first time i had a bad night. >> i think what is important, the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. governor romney went to a lot of trouble to try to hide what his positions are because he knows those idea have been rejected. they won't work. if he is making an honest presentation about what he proposed he will lose. because the american people are not going to go back there. what this comes done to is how we are going to grow an economy in which everybody gets a fair shot. governor romney's prescription is that -- if we cut taxes by $5 trillion, skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations that i have put in place, some how the economy is going to grow. i fundamentally disagree with that. >> your supporters say this wasn't a bad night. you didn't show up. >> it just looked li eed like t didn't want to be there, his mind wasn't on it, he dent want to engage. >> this is legendary strategist james carville. >> as i said there is no doubt that i can make a better case, which
cormack from wpvi reporting. >>> now to your voice, your vote. the surge in the polls for mitt romney. taken right after the debate, the poll find romney swinging ahead of president obama, 49% to 45%. due to new support from romney from women voters who at one time strongly favored the president. and romney blasting the obama administration on foreign policy yesterday. during a speech in virginia he claimed the risk of conflict in the middle east is higher now than it was when president obama took office. he urged a more aggressive u.s. role in the syrian civil war. >>> meantime, president obama campaigning on the west coast sounded an urgent note in his appeal to voter. he told supporters in san francisco they must be almost obsessive in getting out the vote. the president and mitt romney returned to the crucial state of ohio later today to campaign in that critical state. >>> first lady michelle obama is sharing a bit what goes on behind the closed dufrz the white house. in a "nightline" interview she told cynthia mcfadden she steers clear of trying to influence her husband's approximately
to important follows at the end. i think one thing you can expect mitt romney is going to come in with a much better prepared attack on libya. he really wanted to go after the obama administration on their handling of that attack last month, but it didn't come out quite right and president obama was able to come out on that and look very presidential. that was a very key moment for the president. now, of course, next week will focus on foreign policy but voters are clearly interested in domestic policy so one important thing, look for how president obama and mistake foreign policy and work in a little domestic policy. that's by bringing up the deficit, the debt, by bringing up china. they'll figure out a way to do it next monday night. >> they are masters at swinging back to the talking points, oh, yeah, that's how it works. all right, karen, thanks a lot. appreciate that, that live report. you have to wonder, we saw 70 million tune in for the first debate and we have 51 for the vice presidential. we'll get the numbers this latest debate i guess sometime in the next 36 hours or
attacking romney on say that video insulting 47% of the country as irresponsible victims. his aide advised him to focus on policy, such as romney's effort to distance himself from his own tax proposal. >> for 18 months he has been running on this tax plan. and, now, five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: now top democrats and liberal pundits bemoan a missed opportunity. >> i don't know what he was doing out there, had his head down, enduring the debate rather than fight. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there, president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some blamed denver's high elevation for his performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet, and you have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> the president spent much time looking down at his podium take notes. and squandered easy opportunities to go after romney. such as this moment. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you too. but i am not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from chon ina to p for it. a wide ope
, a difference for the families of america. and a difference for your own family. >> today, romney will spend the entire day on the stump in the pivotal battleground states of ohio. drumming up support there. if he does take ohio, takes the election, he'll become the first republican challenger to didn't election without winning ohio. >> obama still up by five points in ohio, encouraging to the campaign. still so tight in so many states. a nail biter of an election everyone knows that. the way it is looking, romney is doing very well among white men. the president is doing very well among women and hispanics. that's why you see emphasis on the ground game, getting those supporters out to the polls. who ever gets their people out, that is who is going to be in the white house come january. that's the game right now. obama has an embedded ground game. and romney is going to try to keep pace with, incumbency factor when it comes to the ground game apparatus in motion already. >> the next couple weeks spend $80 million combined in tv advertising. that money could be used. >> people always say tha
, white roses, and vanilla aromatherapy candles. obama and romney have demands, too, all in a 21-page debate agreement. identical director's chairs with backs and footrests, and each candidate must stay in his, quote, predesignated area. no wandering around the stage like john mccain or charging your opponent like al gore. and like football, lots of coin tosses. coin flips determines who sits where and who gets the first question. past candidates had demands too. al gore worried about sweating, wanted the room 55 degrees, and michael dukakis, who, as you can see, was quite a bit shorter than the elder george bush, negotiated a little boost hidden beneath the carpet behind the podium. take a look at that again. as dukakis goes back behind the podium, he also gets up onto something that the commission called the "pitcher's mound," and suddenly he's just about as tall as george bush. and check out how jon stewart boosted his height against bill o'reilly, but the obama/romney agreement says no height boost for either candidate, and a source deep inside the back room talks tells abc news t
romney with a slight lead over president obama. >> with just 11 days to go it is all up for grabs and depending more than ever on state ohio where abc's karen travers has been tracking the candidates. >> reporter: finishing off a marathon two-day campaign blitz, president obama rolled into the most critical battleground of all -- >> hello, ohio! [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: ohio with its 18 electoral votes could be state that decide the next president. >> this send a message not just across ohio but across the whole country. this campaign is growing, the momentum is building, we are taking back america. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: polls in the battleground state show the president with edge. latest poll in ohio has him up by five. buckeye state voters are used to being center of political universe. this year they're being showered with attention. the president made 14 stops. the state he visited most in office. mitt romney, 15 trips. about a third of all vote nationwide will be cast before election day. and the campaigns are trying to lock down supporters now so t
of the night. rancheros when it com >> reporter: when it came to the biggest whopper, mitt romney took the prize when he claimed he would do what president obama did to save the auto industry. >> that is precisely what i wreck menn recommended and what happened. >> reporter: that's wrong, the president put them through bankruptcy as romney suggested but loaned them taxpayer money. romney opposed that. many car analysts say without that public money detroit would have gone under. president obama came in a close second when the green president suddenly sounded like a texas oilman. >> we are actually drilling more on public land than in the previous administration. the previous president was an oilman. >> reporter: not true. leases and permits for oil drilling on public land are down by 40%. the biggest shopper of the night. they broke their agreement, it called for each of them to say in their predesignated areas. so much for that. instead they seemed to immitate gladiators, stalking, finger pointing. moving aggressively toward each other. as mrpoliticos put it, secret service must have
ball, but two, two enormous balls. ha-ha-ha! >> mitt romney won the debate last night, which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. he kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was trying to find something on apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged obama's performance is if the body of bin laden could have fell from the ceiling onto the stage. >> obama could have waterboarded alladin, put down blue, deported dora the explorer and won walking away. romney won with the sound off. look up, look up. what are you writing's so important? oh, that's -- that is impressive work. >> oh, my gosh, i love that. >> finally, to another race, one as close as the presidential contest. >> family circle's, cookie bake-off, ann romney's m & m, versus michelle obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies. >> another waner by 51 pptd 5% to 41.5%, 287 votes, michelle obama takes the sweep. here's a look at the cooki
sprint to election day as president obama and mitt romney are zigzagging through the country. they are trying their best to sway crucial women voters. >> the president is ahead with women, but romney is still holding his own,remarks from a politician that he continues to endorse. more now from abc's david muir. >> reporter: they're the words that have caused a firestorm from a senate candidate who just days ago put up this ad -- an endorsement from mitt romney. >> this fall i am supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> reporter: now that senate candidate reigniting a flash point. when asked in a debate if he supported abortion in race cases of rain, he said this. >> i came to realize life is a gift from god, i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that god intended to happen. >> reporter: for mitt romney, though, it complicates his final push to appeal to more women voters. president obama leads among women. among the key group, romney is ahead by more than 20 points in our newest polls, increasing that number could be the key t
, not exactly the date of her dreams. she did get a hug. from ann romney. you know, i know that ann romney is playing for the other team, but isn't there a certain sisterhood between women who are in this position? >> absolutely. and this is something that barack and i talk about. we have learned this over time. whenever make this kind of sacrifice, they deserve a pat on the back because that's how much this democracy works 678. >> reporter: outside the white house there is always lots of chatter about how much is the first lady influencing policy. how do you see your role in that regard? >> i rarely step foot in the west wing. in fact, people are shocked when they see me there. >> reporter: the first lady has long said her most important role is mom in chief. and now, with a teenager. i have a 14-year-old son. he has a question. it's hard enough to be 14 if your parents aren't the president and first lady if you don't live in the white house. how do you help her negotiate that treacherous territory of 14? >> we point out, look around. you want to see hardship? you want to see struggle? yo
for the romney campaign. a new poll is showing a tighter race with the president up by just 3 points after being up by six points at his peak. and speaking of the president he's poking some fun at his sluggish performance last week. he took the stage at a gala event following acts of bon jovi, stevie wonder, and katy perry. the president then equip add quote, they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. the president continues his california campaign swing later today. meanwhile mitt romney is spending the day in virginia where he's set to deliver a major foreign policy speech at the virginia military institute and later he'll attend a rally at "newport news." he drew some of the largest crowds of his campaign. >>> and this week, of course, it is the vice-presidential candidates' turn to face off. one on one the candidates debate. the debate takes place thursday night. our team will be live for the debate and our own martha raddatz will be moderating the event. it all begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc. >> now you think the pressure will be on biden eve
and mitt romney spoke at a charity dinner and delivered great one-liners, some of which you well have to hear later in the half-hour. earlier, the president taped an appearance of jon stewart's show where things begin to get serious about policy talk. >> when middle-class families do well, ladders of opportunity for poor families to get into the middle-class. the entire economy does well. when a few folks are doing well at the top and everybody else is getting squeezed the economy grows slower. mr. obama criticized himself and joked a bit about vice president biden and "50 shades of grey." third presidential debate takes place monday. and candidates go one-on-one for a final time. we well have complete coverage. all starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern and 6:00 pacific. >>> new questions this morning about quazi nafis, the man accused of trying to bomb the federal reserve bank. and the way he made to new york. he entered on a student visa to attend college in missouri then transferred to new york. new york senator charles shumer said that should have raised some red flags. >> we do know that t
heard the comment that republican nominee mitt romney said about big bird and pbs, he would get rid of that funding. and they are trying to pull information from big bird, but he said he did not want to ruffle any feathers and he said he received a million tweets, but he said i am a bird, tweeting is how we talk. one funny moment, and he said who likes debates, and he said de-fishes. >> nice. they had to give the president some heat for what had to be a lack luster performance last week, and they had to have fun, and listen to how they portrayed the debate. >> the anniversary gift. i can't believe i forgot the anniversary gift. this is bad. this is very bad. okay. i was distracted by the mess i inherited from bush, but still i should have remembered our anniversary. >> apparently the other guy who plays romney has perfected romney's debate stair. >>. >>> rosie o'donnel is a big fan of honey boo boo and wants to buy her a house. boo-boo's family, the mom says she doesn't want fame to change the family and she doesn't want the house, and they said we don't want a house, but interestin
politics, both president obama and mitt romney will stop out of the attack mode tonight and look for some laughs in new york in a bipartisan fund-raising event for the catholic church. >> they were in the battleground states yesterday and looking for votes and tailoring their message towards women voters. there are now just 19 days until election day. abc's jake tapper reports from the campaign trail. >> reporter: beaming and feeling triumphant, president obama came out in mt. vernon, iowa, with his fists still flying. >> you have heard of the fair deal. you've heard of the square deal? mitt romney is trying to sell you a sketchy deal. >> reporter: polls suggest the public gives obama the edge over romney on the campus of ohio university in athens, obama supporters were delighted. business consultant, angie madden liked it when the president asserted himself on libya. >> the suggestion that anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. >> i thought he put romney in his place. i thought he did a fantastic job. >> reporter: this stud
obama ahead of mitt romney, 49 to 46% among likely voters. however, 59% of romney supporters say they're strongly enthusiastic about him. that is compared to 55% of the president's supporters. >>> the poll comes a day before the candidates of course meet in their second debate. mitt romney is tuning up after his strong showing at the first face to face showdown in denver. the republican challenger in belmont, massachusetts, working on debate prep. >>> i don't think in recorded, the history of presidential debates has there been such a momentum shift off of the first presidential debate. and so, the president has to turn the momentum back in his direction. >> and president obama took a break from debate prep in williamsburg, virginia to stop by a campaign office there. after his lackluster performance in denver, the campaign is promising the president is making tweaks and adjustments and definitely will be more aggressive. one expert says he has to do a turnaround. >>> and a new development this morning on the brave pakistani girl shot in the head for speaking out again the taliban. pa
. >> the could. but i think mitt romney in the past has distanced himself away from anything that had to deal with jeremiah wright and connection with obama and his camp said i don't see this as news worthy and had absolutely nothing to do with it. kind of be surprised if they would go there. >> in the news cycle until 9:00 tonight when the debate gets rolling. >>> voters in pennsylvania will not have to show a photo id before casting their presidential ballot next month. a judge has put a temporary hold on the state's new law. abc's t.j. winick explains. >> reporter: 93-year-old vivian applewhite cast her first vote for president back in 1932 for franklin roosevelt. but because she didn't have the required documents to obtain a photo i.d. she almost didn't have a chance to vote this november. it turns out applewhite will be able to vote after a judge blocked pennsylvania's controversial new voter i.d. law from taking full effect before the presidential election. >> at the end of the day this is a victory for democrats because they can argue that no longer would the kind of voters that they w
and governor romney. they're here to join us too. >> they're getting along really well. >> tell you what happened on the third debate, right? >> yes, yes. not sure about that. love it. good job. >> yeah. >> i think everyone is going to come back out and join us. i think everyone is coming. >> is everyone coming? >> yea! [ applause ] >> beautiful. ♪ ♪ the monster mash ♪ >> princesses in the front. big princesses in the back. super heroes. nice. >> thank you! >> you guys did a great job. >> thank you, thank you, happy halloween, right. >> happy halloween. >> wonderful. she is our toy insider, laurie schect, thank you, laurie. we can get all the costumes on line? >> online. major pop-up stores these days in everyone's neighborhood. don't forget make great costumes at home. >> wonderful. >> i think our husband are going to be digging these costumes. >> i think so. i think so. >> we'll be right back. ♪ the monster mash ♪ maybe the mash ♪ ♪ >>> some baseball news now. first off, world series starts tonight. the detroit tigers take on the san francisco giants. >> go tigers. our ba
. >> romney running mate paul ryan arrived in kentucky where he will face-off for 90 minutes with the vice president joe biden. it will be ryan's first debate on the national stage. with the race so close there is extra pressure for him to turn in a clutch performance. >> vice president biden travels to the debate site later today. he had several mock debates with the paul ryan stand-in, maryland congressman chris van holland. who has been with biden all week helping him prep, and a sign of how good he feels about his prospects, his first campaign event after the debate will be in wisconsin, right in paul ryan's back yard. martha raddatz moderates the debate and we will carry it live. >>> as for the top of the ticket, there are questions this morning about where mitt romney stands on abortion. romney said in an interview tuesday that he has no plans for abortion legislation if elected. but anti-abortion advocates reminded him of his pledge to do everything in his power to promote a culture of life. and so on the stump in ohio, romney reaffirmed that he is indeed pro-life. in an interview w
polls that have mitt romney pulling ahead a little bit including our own abc news/washington post poll. cracking 50% for the first time. then when you look in the critical battleground, particularly in ohio. you are seeing president obama maintain a lead. so there seems to be a firewall built around the state of ohio where the national trends, even things that are going on in other battleground. don't seem to be hitting home in ohio at least just yet. so that means we have the possibility of an electoral college winner who is different than the popular vote winner. it is becoming a more probability by the days. polls show romney getting more votes. president obama with the edge in the key battleground. >> real quick, why do you think the firewall exists in ohio? what is the there in that state? >> the state is different for a couple reasons. for one reason, the unemployment rate is different than actual rate. all arguments about the economy that mitt romney is making may have less resonance. the auto industry. about one in eight folks in ohio have a job somewhat tied to the auto indust
to take responsibility for their own lives. >> they pay more effective tax than governor romney pays in his federal income tax. >> reporter: ryan said the obama administration has failed the middle class. >> we're going in the wrong direction. look at where we are. the economy is barely limping along. >> reporter: side by side at the same table, biden and ryan were not shy about directly engaging each other, sometimes with harsh attacks, sometimes with humor. >> i think the vice president very well knows that some times the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. >> reporter: with the polls tightening, the president needs to fire up his base while mitt romney needs to convert 2008 obama voters. last night in kentucky, they got a lot of help from their running mates. rob, paula. back to you. >> thank you, karen. as karen alluded to -- polls are tight. dead heat in virginia. obama up one in florida. doing well in ohio up by six. in colorado, romney is ahead by a point now. virginia is still tight. obama is up by five there. wiscons
. >>> president obama and governor romney get ready to tackle voters' questions as a new poll shows yet another shift in the lead. it's monday, october 15th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> everyone's favorite day of the week. good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> it's actually not my favorite day of the week. >> yeah. >> oh, sarcasm. >> there you go. she's quick tonight. >> always a little slow on mondays. paula faris. >>> we're going to have the latest on how candidates are tweaking their strategies for their second debate. >>> but first, a look at some of the other stories we're going to follow this half hour. a death-defying plunge to earth, 883 miles an hour, unbelievable, with just a parachute to break his fall. how felix baumgartner managed to cheat death. it was a picture-perfect free fall and landing. look at that moment right there. he did it, shattering the world record. he did it. unbelievable. people were riveted to the video over the weekend. >> i can't imagine free falling for other four minutes. >> no. and at almost 900 miles an hour? feli
to the race. it's much closer. when it comes to the race. shows the mitt romney at 49 losing to obama with 47. much closer in that regard. >> so the first one wednesday. then we have two more coming up. biggest one no doubt. >> 36 days to go. >> 36 days to go. my goodness. >> not that we are counting. >>> as the the war in afghanistan winds down, the u.s. military reached a grim new milestone. 2,000 service members have now died in the war. the latest casualty, it was over the weekend when a soldier died in a fire fight with afghan troops. an american civilian contractor was also killed in that battle. >>> all right, new findings this morning in the government's botched gun tracking program, fast and furious, with dozens more firearms linked to crimes in mexico. our new partner univision, reports 57 undiscovered guns, connected to fast and furious, recovered at the sites of murde least two massacres. >>> a detroit area woman who collected welfare despite winning $1 million lottery, found drug of possible drug overdose. amanda clayton was on probation for fraud paid back $5,500 to the state of
style for president obama or mitt romney. the two of them don't do a lot of townhall meetings during this campaign. a good reason for that. they don't seem to prefer it. and they don't really do their best performance at it. it is going to be really hard to attack your opponent when you are actually responding to a question from that nice lady sitting in the audience, not mitt romney directly or not president obama directly. a little easier to engage with the modmoderator. the president's campaign said expect a more aggressive president obama next weeken new york. >> folks are talking about joe biden's demeanor, pointing, smirking, interrupting, laughing, laughing joe biden has his own twitter handle. is it going to hurt him at all? >> amazing how quickly the twitter handles pop up during and after the debates. the republicans are trying to make hay about vice president biden, laughing, kind of seeming sarcastic and being aggressive. if you are going to try to figure how this will impact the race. he didn't appeal to independent voters. small percentage sitting at hope trying
, get up on video and say, if we do this voter i.d. law it will allow mitt romney win the state. a political undercurrent left a bad taste in folks' mouths. there is more than democracy playing out. i think some folks were wary of. >> if they don't have the i.d. they have to have a social security card or birth certificate. some don't have that. >>> more legal drama in the jerry sandusky sex scandal at penn state. a former graduate assistant says he saw sandusky molesting a boy in the showers filed suit. mike mcqueary is seeking millions in damages he says he was defamed and misrepresented. >> a halloween costume created such a scare that the bomb squad had to be called in. a driver wearing a gas mask and camouflage jacket with an attached grenade was pulled over in san mateo, california. but, the man was not a terrorism. he actually works at a star that sells halloween costumes and is reared to wear his costume for work. now police confiscated his dummy grenade and cleared a half block. >> i knew it was going to attract people's attention, but i didn't thing they were going to
to the campaign trail with 29 days left to go in the the election. mitt romney delivers a major foreign policy speech in virginia today after spending the weekend drawing huge crowds in florida, and president obama is in california where last night he poked fun at his lack luster debate performance last week. he gave a nod to the performance at a star-studded event included stevie wonder and katy perry. >> they perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> the president is expected to raise more than $9 million during his two-day swing through california. >> and mitt romney has a big day. expected to elaborate a little more on his foreign policy, and he will speak to fill in more details as to that plan that he laid out a couple weeks ago, but that's going to happen around 11:00 eastern. >> and only 29 days left to go. but you have to wonder, too, with the 67 million people watching that debate, the race has gotten fighter and it's a fight to the finish. two weeks ago it was looking bad and bleak for romney and it is amazing how the wind has changed and romney has the w
are renarcably close with just 13 days to go now. our latest abc news/"washington post" numbers put mitt romney ahead of president obama by just one percentage point, 49%, 48%. you see it right there. it's actually even tighter than that, without rounding the numbers, they're separated only by .07 of a point. >>> and president obama is hitting the swing states, campaigning in ohio yesterday. after starting the day in florida following a final debate and today he kicks off a two-day, eight-state campaign blitz. day one will take him to iowa, colorado, california and nevada. before he spends tonight, back in the sunshine state. >>> meanwhile, his challenger, mitt romney is crisscrossing many of the very same battleground states. he went from the debate in florida to nevada, then on to colorado yesterday. today he is set to swing right back to nevada and then campaign in iowa. >> these numbers are dizzying, but obama's job approval rating is now 49% among likely voters, which is the lowest since september, late september. even when george w. went for re-election his number never dropped below 50%
romney. as abc's david kerley reports, both sides are trying to manage expectations. >> reporter: mitt romney went to church, but this sunday wasn't a day just for prayers it's preparation. cramming by the candidates for their big debate. and republican chris christie made a bold prediction on abc's this week. >> every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments heap has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well. i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning, george, you are going to be shaking your race, it's a brand new race. >> reporter: christie is way off the romney campaign script. they're trying to lowe er eer expectations. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. the man has been on the national stage many years. this is milt's first time on this stage. >> reporter: paul ryan, vice presidential nominee preparing for his own debate avoided giving details of the romney tax plan even when he was pressed. >> you haven't given me the math. >> well, i don't have the, it would take me too long to go through all t
while romney did the same in florida, but he took a brief break to stop by a football game between his staff and the press corps following him. the republican contender ignored repeated questions from reporters. >> how do you feel about tomorrow? are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm ready for football. >> reporter: the debate will focus exclusively on foreign policy. an issue that's been put on the back burner this campaign season. the voters are concerned about the economy and domestic issues. at last week's town hall debate, the president and romney clashed over the administration's handling of the attack in libya. that attack killed four americans, including the u.s. ambassador. >> that the president the day after that happened flies to las vegas for a political fund-raiser. >> the suggestion that anybody in my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. >> reporter: one topic that's sure to come up is iran and its nuclear ambitions. "the new york times" reported there is an agreement in principle for one-on-one talks between the u.s. a
. >> first, president obama and governor romney have battled to a draw. that's right. a new poll of likely voters shows the presidential race is an absolute dead heat. >> a nail biter. one mistake can make all the difference. candidates are preparing feverishly for tonight's final debate. abc's david kerley reports on the debate with just 15 days to go. >> reporter: taking a break from debate preparation, mitt romney flipped a coin for a football game between his staff and reporters who were still asking questions. >> would you be open to one-on-one talks with iran? >> reporter: no answer on the report that iranians are ready to talk directly to the u.s. about its nuclear program. one republican called it an iranian ploy. >> as to iran they have quadruple uranium to make a bomb before obama got in office. >> reporter: the white house denied a meeting is set, added it is open to one-on-one talks. a source warned the administration is cautious, because the iranians have used negotiations in the past as a stalling tactic. what is clear, this will be a debate point. >> we have iran, four years
respective tax than governor romney pays in his federal income tax. >> reporter: ryan said the administration failed the middle class. >> we're going in the wrong direction. look where we are. the economy is barely limping along. >> reporter: side by side at the same table, biden and ryan were not shy about directly engaging each other. sometimes with harsh attacks. sometimes with humor. >> i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the word don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. >> reporr: with the polls tightening, the president needs to fire up his democratic base, while romney need to convert 2008 obama voters. rob, paula, last night here in kentucky, both of them got a lot of help from their running mates. >> karen, can we say there was a winner? can we call it a draw? i was looking at several polls, three gave it to paul ryan. three gave the to joe biden. was there a winner? or was this a tie? >> yeah, paula those instant reactions were showing voters were evenly split. but i think if you have to pick who really got what they wanted t
news, "washington post" poll find president obama leading mitt romney, 49% to 46% among likely voters. >> there is however a bright spot for the republican challenger. 59% of romney supporters say they're strongly enthusiastic about him compared to 55% of the president's supporters. and these numbers come as candidates head into the homestretch with 22 days until the election. tomorrow night presidential contenders face off in their second debate. abc's david kerley reports on their last-minute preps. >> hello, everybody. hello. hello. i brought some food. >> reporter: president obama took a break to visit a campaign office. now into his intense debate preparation. >> howdy. >> it is going great. >> reporter: the president is holed up at the williamsburg virginia resort. walking and enjoying scenery we are told between sessions. far from the campaign trail preparing for his rematch with romney. >> i don't think in recorded, history of presidential debates has there been such a momentum shift off the first presidential debate. and so, the president has to turn the momentum back in his
. >> president obama and mitt romney are off the campaign trail today as they get ready to face off tomorrow night. it's tuesday, october 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good tuesday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. good to see you back. >> good to be back. >> uh-huh. >> you had fun in baltimore. back together. you had a good time in baltimorbaltimor baltimore. i had a good time in new orleans. and now we're back at the desk. >> i was feeling it yesterday. you are feeling it today. >> running on fumes. that is for sure. i like the glasses -- something different. >> took him about 20 minutes. and then he was like something is different. >> i'm tired. >> glasses. my eyes are -- just -- significantly regressing. >> it happens in your 60s. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. in a moment we'll have a look at how each candidate will try to score points at the big debate tomorrow night. >>> also this half hour, an amtrak train with 169 passengers collides with a big rig and then derails and passengers and eyewitnesses are describing the chaos that followed. >
the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisers to prepare for wednesday's high-stakes showdown in denver. in recent days aides to both campaigns have been bending over backwards to compliment their opponent and downplay expectations for their side. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people are going to be able to see these two guys side by side, laying out their vision unfiltered. and i think that's going to be a powerful moment for mitt romney. >> reporter: and an adviser for romney says they're preparing for romney to come armed. >> they've been practicing zingers for months. >> reporter: abc news political analyst matt dowd says at this point, romney and obama advisers are style over substance. >> the debates that have changed people's minds have all been about physical characteristics and mannerisms really in the modern age and not substance or policy issues. >> reporter: both have challenges. the president needs to keep his answers short to avoid soundin
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